Confidence in Retirement Security Remains High Despite Pandemic
April 29, 2020 by EBRI
WASHINGTON – April 23, 2020 – The 2020 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS), fielded in January, found 77 percent of retirees are confident in their ability to live comfortably throughout retirement, down slightly from 82 percent in 2019. Despite the subsequent pandemic, that number barely changed when the survey was re-fielded in late March (76 percent).
Now in its 30th year, the annual RCS is the longest-running survey of its kind, measuring worker and retiree confidence about retirement. It is conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and independent research firm Greenwald & Associates. The RCS was conducted in early January, prior to the coronavirus crisis that is greatly impacting U.S. and global markets, businesses, and unemployment. Recognizing the impact these events may have had on RCS results and key metrics, the researchers refielded a supplemental survey of key questions from March 20–30, 2020.
Workers also remain surprisingly confident, except when job security was threatened. In January, 69 percent of all workers reported being very or somewhat confident in their ability to live comfortably throughout their retirement years, comparable to 2019. In March 2020, the percentage of workers feeling confident is statistically unchanged at 63 percent. However, those who fear the current pandemic may impact or has impacted their employment status exhibit lower confidence.